Hubbard accepts students ages 5 to 22 who require a self-contained educational environment due to their disabilities, needs, and/or behaviors. The categories of disabilities we serve are broad and include behavioral, cognitive, and learning. The disabilities we accommodate here are all covered under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) while the students we accept are those who, upon thorough record reviews, we feel can benefit from the intensive, person-centered therapeutic support we offer and make significant progress towards the goals and objectives as written in their IEPs. Despite our success with restrictive ratios of staff to students, we abide by the principle that everyone should be educated in the least restrictive environment that is appropriate to meet their learning needs. To that end, we recommend students return to a less restrictive education environment when it is appropriate based upon their progress and capabilities, and we will work with local education agencies (“LEAs”) on smooth transitions.
Hubbard Day provides 1:1 support where each child has an individual instructional assistant, therapist, BCBA, or special education teacher with them every moment of the school day. We follow a 12-month schedule and provide a 30+ hour per-week program that includes an Extended School Year (ESY) session. Instruction is designed by State Certified Special Education Teachers in collaboration with our entire multi-disciplinary Hubbard Day team. Learning objectives are based on Connecticut Core Standards and are differentiated to meet each child’s individual goals. Content levels are assessment driven.
Hubbard has a medical advisor and full-time nurse. The nurse provides medical monitoring support and administers both daily and rescue medications. In addition, he/she handles routine and emergency concerns. Our medical advisor is a pediatrician who oversees the work of the nurse and is available to provide consult throughout the school year.
We provide a broad range of related services, including speech and language therapy (that can incorporate alternative communication and assistive technology strategies), occupational therapy, physical therapy (as needed), applied behavioral analysis (ABA), and vocational therapy.
We are so thankful to have found Hubbard Day for our son. From the first day, our son was immersed in a supportive, professional, and nurturing environment designed to help him thrive. The staff at Hubbard just ‘get it’. Their team of professional teachers, speech and occupational therapists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, administration, and support staff work together to provide an unparalleled program – and what a team they are. Hubbard was undaunted by my son’s behavior and sensory challenges that had confounded other schools, and they expertly came up with a plan to meet his needs, all while focusing on his strengths and taking the time to tell me what a joy he is to teach. Hubbard recognized that my son needs to be able to move to stay regulated and to learn, and they creatively incorporated the movement and sensory input that he needs into his daily learning. The skills my son is learning are helping him become a better communicator and are reducing his frustration, because his needs are being met, and he is being understood and supported. My son is happy to go to school in the mornings, and as a parent of a non-verbal autistic child that means so much!